Just before Christmas I was lucky enough to attend the opening of new Oxford Street shoe shop, Call it Spring. Now, being a human and a girl- I love a good pair of shoes, so it sounded pretty darn good. Additionally, I was told one of my favourite solo artists, Lucy Rose was going to be playing, and I was lucky enough to catch up with her for a short while (which included some cheeky posing with some shoes). Despite becoming frightfully shy, forgetting any in depth or knowledge proving questions (and not declaring that I in fact sing ‘Middle of the bed’ at most opportunities) it was lovely to sit down for a chat with her. She has an amazingly dry sense of humour, makes her own jams and tea blends to sell at gigs (Builder Grey anyone?) and her debut album Like I Used to showcases her stripped back talent in all it’s full glory…
For those that haven’t listened to your music, could you tell us a little about your sound and yourself?
I play acoustic guitar, started about five years ago and I’ve just released my first album- that’s a good indication of what my sound is if you listen to that.
Which artists inspire you the most, and is there anything in particular you like to write about?
I think most of the things I write about, I wouldn’t ever want to write about. I end up doing it because, for me the most personal things are always the best to sing about and the most honest ones connect with people. Neil Young has been a big part of what’s inspired me for this album particularly, because nowadays everything’s quite perfect with records and I wanted to make sure that my album had imperfections which gave it character- I don’t want it to be too glossy and a lot of his stuff almost sounds like demos but that’s why it sounds so good.
Which has been your most memorable gig so far?
I say this every night, but the most memorable one is usually the one that’s the most recent in a way- so last night probably in London was a big deal for me.
…and the highlight?
It’s difficult because there’s so many gigs are different. Reading was a big festival for me, this summer- it was before the album was out and was still a full packed tent which was unexpected. The highlight of my career in general was probably the fact I’ve got my album out in shops- feels like the biggest achievement in a way because it sort of means it’s actually happening. Again, probably last night in London playing in front of 1,500 people was really bizarre.
What’s next for Lucy Rose?
Erm, I got a Little Noise session tomorrow for Jo Wiley- the Mencap thing she does in Churches, so that should be fun. I’m going on the Dermot O Leary show tomorrow but he’s not there which is pretty gutting- it’s Steve Lamacq which is great, I’ve met him a few times. But I was so hoping to get some X Factor gossip! In more of the future I guess just touring this album. I haven’t really done it in any other territories apart from Europe and the UK so it’ll be interesting to see if people in other places like it. I’m going to China next week to do some gigs, and I’ve never been before- so it will be really good.
What’s your favourite film?
My favourite film is probably Harold and Maude- I highly recommend you see that! Honestly.